Going gray a little sooner than expected? Join the ‘grombre’ movement

Now might be the perfect time to embrace your grays

Photo provided by Martha Truslow Smith
Photo provided by Martha Truslow Smith

Meet Martha Truslow Smith, a graphic designer from North Carolina who got her first gray hair at the age of 14, as she wrote once on social media.

Smith started coloring her hair to hide what was happening, but instead of gaining assurance, she felt anxious and misrepresented. So when she was 24, she decided to go “grombre,” (pronounced “grohm-bray,”) a play on the word “ombre,” which has been a trend in hair color over the past few years.

Yes, Smith decided to stop fighting nature: by embracing the gray, and letting it grow out, regardless of her age.

She started an Instagram account to document her journey -- you can find Smith @grombre -- and, get ready for this, at last check, the page had about 193,000 followers.

"I said, 'Well, you know what? I’m just going to start an Instagram account, just kind of as a passion project,'" Smith said to Vox. "I was shocked when I had 20 followers after a couple of months. Oh my gosh. There are 20 other women out there that feel the same way that I do? And it just kind of grew from there. It was very organic."

As it turns out, there are women all over the place who are “leaning in” to their various stages of gray and graying hair. Below is a follower of Smith’s named Terry, known on Instagram @gray.and.beyond.


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